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Short Description:
Neonatal skeleton in grave cut [4016]
Issued to
Julia Humphreys | 16/08/2018

Interpretation

    • Neonate inhumation
      • Chris Casswell
    • 24-8-2018
    • Neonate. Interred in a flexed foetal position, lying on its right side at one end of an oval pit or grave. Moderate preservation: 95% complete (skull, dentition, torso, pelvis, L&R legs, feet, arms and hands). Sex: n/a No pathological changes noted. (Natasha Powers, 2019)
      • Edwin Lambert
    • 12-6-2019

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Description

  • Lying on right side, facing west, foetal position
  • Tucked down, facing west
  • Arm under head, pointed north, hand under chin
  • Arm bent , lying along top of body. Humerus running west along top of body, radius and ulna running nw , hand forward of legs
  • Under body, bent, more so than left leg, femur running nne, radius and ulna running broadly west
  • Flexed, knee facing north
  • Found, but couldn’t determine attitude
  • Skull reasonably completely, bone well preserved
  • Mostly complete, most long bones with one break
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Finds

FindtypeQuantity (No. fragments)Weight (g)Notes
Human bone 88 34 Torso
Human bone 27 5 Misc
Human bone 6 12 Right leg
Human bone 7 4 Right arm
Human bone 2 1 tooth
Human bone 5 15 Left leg
Human bone 6 6 Left arm
Human bone 1 1060 Skull with soil

Feature

  • Feature: ELM_406
    • Neonatal grave

Site Photos

  • Photo: ELM_180093
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    • Neonatal skeleton (4018) within grave cut [4016], 0.4m and 0.3m scales

Record Details

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  • Julia Humphreys 16-8-2018
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